8 YA books to watch out for in April 2016

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Maybe you don’t want to cull through our giant lists of weekly releases and just want to know the best things to snag this month. So here’s a list of 8 YA books to watch out for in April 2016!

flamecaster cinda williams chimaFlamecaster (Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: April 5th
Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it? Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse.

girl in the blue coat monica hesseGirl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 5th
Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke to find a person–a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke is drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

in the dark in the woods eliza wassIn the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass
Publisher: Quercus
Release date: April 27th
Castella Cresswell and her five siblings know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father. Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But just as Castley begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven.
Releases in the U.S. in June as The Cresswell Plot.

the raven king maggie stiefvaterThe Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: April 26th
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 

south of sunshine dana elmendorfSouth of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Release date: April 1st
For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson. Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else. Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.

the star touched queen roshani chokshiThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: April 26th
Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya’s wedding takes a fatal turn, leaving her the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. But Akaran has secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

the things i didn't say kylie fornasierThe Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release date: April 27th
I hate the label Selective Mutism – as if I choose not to speak, like a child who refuses to eat broccoli. I’ve used up every dandelion wish since I was ten wishing for the power to speak whenever I want to. I’m starting to wonder if there are enough dandelions. After losing her best friend, Piper Rhodes changes schools, determined that her final year will be different. She will be different. Then she meets West. Despite her fear of losing everything all over again, Piper falls in love – and West with her – without Piper ever speaking one word to him. But will it last?

unicorn tracks julia emberUnicorn Tracks by Julia Ember
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release date: April 21st
Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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